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Cary Institute offers free virtual summer experiences: Come explore ecology!

July education programs for students + adults; Spanish-language options

This July, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is offering two virtual summer experiences: EcoQuest and Art + Science. Participants complete activities independently, then join optional Zoom sessions to connect with educators and peers. New this year: materials for both programs will be offered in Spanish and English, and EcoQuest Zoom sessions will be bilingual. Registration is open through June 25, 2021

On June 16 at 5:30pm ET, we will be holding  a virtual information session about the EcoQuest program. Learn about the EcoQuest activities, participation options, and virtual meetings. There will be ample time for Q+A. Free and open to all, register.

EcoQuest (students entering grades 2-5)

Through hands-on activities, participants will learn how to think and explore like an ecologist, and earn up to five badges along the way. Discover the diverse communities of creatures living around you, and explore what they eat. Participants are invited to join two weeks of virtual meetings with Cary educators: July 6-9 (Naturalist badge) + July 12-16 (Field Tech badge). Meetings will be offered in Spanish and English via Zoom.
This program is made possible with funding from the Dyson Foundation.
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Art + Science (Ages 12 and up – including adults)

Learn how to observe nature with a closer eye and experiment with new ways of recording what you see through a series of daily drawing prompts (available in Spanish). Join artist Hara Woltz for four virtual meetings during the weeks of July 6-9 and July 12-16 to explore the art of nature journaling and creative observation. Week 1 will focus on botanicals; week two will explore the wonderful world of birds. There will be Zoom sessions for youth and adults.
This program is made possible with funding from Arts Mid-Hudson and the Dyson Foundation.
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Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is an independent nonprofit center for environmental research. Since 1983, our scientists have been investigating the complex interactions that govern the natural world and the impacts of climate change on these systems. Our findings lead to more effective management and policy actions and increased environmental literacy. Staff are global experts in the ecology of: cities, disease, forests, and freshwater.